December 31, 2003
Robb Report names Bentley Continental GT as 2004 Car of the Year
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Malibu, California – Citing “exceptional security at speed, the ultimate exhilaration of getting there and the distinction, elegance and comfort in luxury that is an absolute,” the editors of Robb Report have selected the Bentley Continental GT as the magazine’s 2004 Car of the Year.
Announced at the 2004 Greater Los Angeles Auto Show on December 30, the award is presented annually to an automobile, formally introduced in the previous year, whose technical designs, styling and performance position it as the world’s preeminent sports or luxury car.
In a cover story authored by Editor-at-large Paul Dean, the Continental GT was praised as “an ungoverned, 190-miles-per-hour supercar and the fastest four-seat family car in the world.” The Robb Report lauds its 12-cylinder, twin turbocharged engine, which “pumps out an eager 552 horsepower and a highly useful 479 lb ft of torque.”
Robb Report editors were equally impressed by the Continental GT’s opulent interior. “No high-tech kevlar, faux suedes, or long stretches of brushed aluminum here,” Mr. Dean writes. “Just those signature mirror-matched grains in the woods and veneers, peerless and unblemished hides, and carpets more expensive than most shoes, all of which creates an aura of modest indulgence.”
Mr. Dean’s views were echoed by Robb Report Senior Vice President, Editorial Brett Anderson, who said that the Continental GT’s introduction “is a truly significant development in automotive history. Our selection of this motorcar from a field of 12 exceptional sports and luxury automobiles takes into account not only its qualitative performance, but the significance and magnitude that it brings to the marketplace,” he stated.
Bentley Motors, Inc. CEO Alasdair Stewart said the award “is one of the most important honours this car has received, and helps to further strengthen the Bentley brand position. Reaction to the Continental GT has exceeded expectations, with more than 2,900 orders having arrived from people who haven’t even had the opportunity to drive it.”
In addition to the Bentley Continental GT, finalists in Robb Report’s 2004 Car of the Year included the Audi RS6, BMW 645Ci, Cadillac XLR, Jaguar XJR, Lamborghini Gallardo, Maybach 62, Morgan Aero 8, Porsche Cayenne Turbo, Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet, Rolls-Royce Phantom and Subaru WRX STi.
The Robb Report’s February issue is scheduled to hit newsstands on January 20, 2004.